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HP Envy Beats Edition review

HP employs the help of Dr Dre for this special edition

Our Verdict

There's a lot more to the Envy 14 Beats Edition than just good sound quality. This is an extremely powerful notebook, both in terms of everyday and graphical performance, and it provides the sort of power we'd expect from a much larger desktop replacement machine. The notebook is also portable, making it a genuine option as a travelling companion.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Great sound quality Bundled Beats Solo headphones Black rubber chassis finish Very powerful across the board Usability and portability

Against

  • Screen resolution could be higher Lack of VGA out is a problem Frenzy inducing touchpad £400 more than the original Envy 14 Overkill Beats branding on the lid

It's currently the done thing in the laptop world to be kitting your machines out with high-end speaker systems. Asus was one of the first with their Bang & Olufsen NX90 notebook, and MSi followed shortly with the GX660R, a machine that boasts a Dynaudio system embedded in the chassis.

HP has gone another route with the HP Beats Edition, and employed the help and expertise of legendary Hip Hop producer Dr Dre and his Beats brand, that manufacturers high-end headphones.

Built around the chassis of a standard Envy 14, but £400 pounds more expensive, the HP Envy 14 Beats Edition features a number of audio upgrades.

HP envy beats edition review

These include specially designed Beats speakers and clever positioning of the notebook's sound card, allowing for impressive sound quality when using the bundled Beats Solo headphones.

Aside from the audio upgrades, the Envy 14 Beats Edition boasts a new black rubberised chassis that we rate very highly, and a series of cutting-edge components that make this a very powerful machine.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelMobility Radeon HD 5650
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
DisplayPortYes
Product FamilyEnvy 14-1100
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-720QM
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size36.8 cm (14.5")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.58 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, EPEAT Silver
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyBrightView
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height28.2 mm
Width356 mm
Depth237 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series14-1100
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product Model14-1195ea
Product NameEnvy 14-1195ea Notebook
Pointing Device TypeClickPad
Product LineEnvy
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberXE665EA#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Because you know what you want. Do you want a brilliant view and sound that's straight from the recording studio? And VIP treatment, any time you need it? Make sure you stand out from the crowd, with the ENVY14 Beats Edition.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Envy 14-1195ea Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Beats Solo High Definition On-Ear Headphones
  • Limited Warranty1 Year